Muslims support Queen’s Islam statementMuslims support Queen’s Islam statement
The Queen said in a new biography that Islam poses a challenge both globally and locally, and that challenge should be taken seriously. Imam Abdul Wahid Pedersen, vice chairman of a Copenhagen Islamic-Christian study centre, said he agreed that his religion needed a response in Denmark. ‘The Queen’s statement is correct,’ he told daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten. ‘We should challenge one another on religious grounds. There is no better way to achieve tolerance than by meeting one another.’ ‘In all religious communities we see frightening actions from fanatics. In the United States, an ultra-radical right-wing Christian has just been sentenced to life in prison for bombing abortion clinics. In Israel, Zionist extremists try to use violence to force their way onto the Temple Mountain in Jerusalem to blow it sky high. And we have Muslims who fly airplanes into skyscrapers.’
The government wants Muslim clergymen to use their influence to help troubled youths get on the right path. At a meeting with seven prominent imams at the Carsten Niebuhr Institute in Copenhagen, Liberal Integration Minister Rikke Hvilshøj advocated education as the means to a better life for Muslim youths. New proposals or agreements were not discussed at Monday’s conference, but several of the imams in attendance expressed satisfaction with the meeting. Imam Ahmed Abu-Laban decided to use the meeting as a point of departure for his upcoming Friday prayer.
Race hatred eruption
A Somali family in the town of Langeskov on the island of Funen has suffered a long-time persecution. The family fled their home after having their windows and mailbox broken, and being repeatedly threatened by bat-wielding youths. The bats were decorated with swastikas and racial slogans. Two of the suspects are only 15 years old. The attacks against the Somali family have caused an outrage in Langeskov, where local organizations have scheduled a march to protest racism in the town.